Bangladesh should use BRI for infrastructure dev
Speakers at an international seminar in the capital on Sunday said Bangladesh should seize benefits from China's Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) as an instrument of cooperation in regional infrastructure development to foster economic growth.
This is an excellent opportunity for Bangladesh to deepen multidimensional economic ties with China and achieve faster growth. The seminar titled 'Belt and Road Initiative, Positioning Bangladesh within Comparative Perspective was organized by Centre for Policy Dialogue in a local hotel.
Syed Manzur Elahi, Member, Board of Trustee, CPD chaired the program while its Executive Director Fahmida Khatun presented the key note paper in the opening session. Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman of the CPD made was special speaker on the occasion.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, Bangladesh Ambassador-Designate to China a Mahbub Uz Zaman, also spoke among others while Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun was present as chief guest.
Speakers at the seminar emphasised for holding more negotiations with China to harvest the benefits of BRI for development since it offers very important opportunity for the country.
Rehman Sobhan said China is investing in many sectors in Bangladesh. Many investors will invest here in future.. So, we need to negotiate more about BRI opportunities and investment mapping is also necessary at the same time to harvest the maximum gains.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Humayun said very good relation exists between Bangladesh and China. It became further strengthened on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to China.
"BRI is very important for south Asian countries," he said, adding that using the BRI investment package will develop Bangladesh's economic tie with China.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said BRI is very significant for the country's infrastructure development and trade. "We're in key position of the belt. We've to negotiate about its opportunities," he said.
Professor Dr Sachin Chaturvedi, from India, Prof Cheng Min, Institute for Bangladesh Studies, Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences Kunming and also spoke on the occasion.